The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

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In Chapter 2 of The War of the Worlds, how is Ogilvy's first reaction to the movement of the cylinder top ironic?

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Ogilvy, an astronomer, is one of the first people to see the fallen ships that contains the first Martians. These are on the order of lifeboats, existing to get the Martians onto Earth safely. When Ogilvy sees the cylinder begin to move, he is immediately struck with the idea that it is made by an intellect, and that something alive is inside:

"Good heavens!" said Ogilvy. "There's a man in it--men in it! Half roasted to death! Trying to escape!"

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